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Books: Comparative Grammar of the Modern Aryan Languages of India Volume 2: Beames

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Date: 05-Jun-2012
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Subject: Comparative Grammar of the Modern Aryan Languages of India Volume 2: Beames
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Title: Comparative Grammar of the Modern Aryan Languages of India Volume
2 Subtitle: To Wit, Hindi, Panjabi, Sindhi, Gujarati, Marathi, Oriya, and Bangali Published: 2012 Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Author: John Beames Paperback: ISBN: 9781108048149 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 19.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9781108048149 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 29.99

The Indo-Aryan language family is a branch of the Indo-European phylum, andincludes Hindi, Urdu, Bengali, Punjabi, Kashmiri and Gujarati. First published in1875, this three-volume comparative grammar of the family was written by theBritish civil servant John Beames (1837-1902). From 1866 he spent twelveyears in India, during which he gathered data for what he intended to be the firstcomprehensive and accurate Indo-Aryan grammar. Volume 2 focuses on nounsand pronouns. It begins by looking at the stems and suffixes that form Indo-Aryan nouns, and compares their systems of inflection for gender, number,possession and case. It moves on to explore their pronoun systems, showinghow they operate in terms of interrogatives, reciprocals, indefinites anddemonstratives, and how person is expressed. Beames' findings remain centralto the work of general linguists, grammarians and language typologists.

Preface; Book II. The Noun and the Pronoun: 1. Formation of the stem; 2.Gender; 3. Declension; 4. The pronoun.

Linguistic Field(s): Morphology                             Semantics                             Typology
Subject Language(s): Bengali (ben)                             Gujarati (guj)                             Hindi (hin)                             Kashmiri (kas)                             Punjabi (pan)                             Urdu (urd)
Written In: English (eng)

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